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Curtea de Argeş and Poienari

One of the Regat's oldest cities, Curtea de Argeş was likely founded in the late 13th century, serving as the second capital of Wallachia after neighboring Câmpulung (Muscel). Now a popular resort town favored for its proximity to the Făgăraş Mountains, it is best known for its fabulously ornate Orthodox Cathedral (sadly under significant renovation upon my visit). Nearby Poienari is host to the ruined castle of Vlad III the Impaler, better known as "Vlad Dracula".
Stone cross and statue of Vlad Țepeș
Stone cross and statue of Vlad Țepeș
Entrance to the Episcopal Cathedral grounds
Entrance to the Episcopal Cathedral grounds
Exterior detail of the Episcopal Cathedral
Exterior detail of the Episcopal Cathedral
Entrance to the Episcopal Cathedral
Entrance to the Episcopal Cathedral
Mosaic above the cathedral entrance
Mosaic above the cathedral entrance
Interior, Episcopal Cathedral
Interior, Episcopal Cathedral
Saintly images withing the cathedral
Saintly images withing the cathedral
Scaffold covered front of the cathedral
Scaffold covered front of the cathedral
Rear view of the cathedral
Rear view of the cathedral
Monastic complex on the cathedral grounds
Monastic complex on the cathedral grounds
Tomb of King Carol II
Tomb of King Carol II
Gravel path leading to the Episcopal Cathedral
Gravel path leading to the Episcopal Cathedral
Wooden pavilion and stone cross in the forest
Wooden pavilion and stone cross in the forest
Manole's Well
Manole's Well
Charming Neo-Brâncovenesc villa
Charming Neo-Brâncovenesc villa
Modern Orthodox church along the main street
Modern Orthodox church along the main street
Statue of Basarab I in the town center
Statue of Basarab I in the town center
Entrance to the Curtea Domnească (Princely Court)
Entrance to the Curtea Domnească (Princely Court)
Biserica Domnească Sf. Nicolae
Biserica Domnească Sf. Nicolae
Front of the Princely Church of St. Nicholas
Front of the Princely Church of St. Nicholas
Dome of the Princely Church
Dome of the Princely Church
Downtown Curtea de Argeș
Downtown Curtea de Argeș
Historic main street of town
Historic main street of town
View northwards up the main street
View northwards up the main street
Another modern Orthodox church
Another modern Orthodox church
Historic law court in central Curtea de Argeș
Historic law court in central Curtea de Argeș
Biserica Drujești
Biserica Drujești
Faded outer fresco on Drujești Church
Faded outer fresco on Drujești Church
Line of cars passing through downtown
Line of cars passing through downtown
Fading old villa in the backstreets
Fading old villa in the backstreets
Small market off the town center
Small market off the town center
Casa Ciolculeștilor
Casa Ciolculeștilor
Carol I Primary School
Carol I Primary School
Small neighborhood church in the rural outskirts
Small neighborhood church in the rural outskirts
Rural neighborhood backstreet
Rural neighborhood backstreet
Restored old building on the main drag
Restored old building on the main drag
Sân Nicoară Hill
Sân Nicoară Hill
Ruins of Sân Nicoară Church
Ruins of Sân Nicoară Church
View from within the former nave
View from within the former nave
Quiet residential street
Quiet residential street
Frescoes on Olari Church
Frescoes on Olari Church
Woman arriving for service
Woman arriving for service
Biserica Olari
Biserica Olari
Rural scenery outside Arefu
Rural scenery outside Arefu
Road leading towards Poienari Castle
Road leading towards Poienari Castle
Rural plot in Căpăţânenii Pământeni
Rural plot in Căpăţânenii Pământeni
Cetatea Poienari far atop its hill
Cetatea Poienari far atop its hill
Pathway just below the castle
Pathway just below the castle
Mountain scenery from the foot of the castle
Mountain scenery from the foot of the castle
Poienari Castle - the fortress of Dracula
Poienari Castle - the fortress of Dracula
Beginning of the Transfăgărăşan Highway
Beginning of the Transfăgărăşan Highway
Climbing on the castle walls
Climbing on the castle walls
Interior of the castle ruins
Interior of the castle ruins
Closer view of the road into the Făgărăş
Closer view of the road into the Făgărăş
Steps through the castle forest
Steps through the castle forest
Rural scenery near Arefu
Rural scenery near Arefu
Cyclist and parked Roman truck
Cyclist and parked Roman truck
Curtea de Argeș' stunning rail station
Curtea de Argeș' stunning rail station
Rail lines behind Curtea de Argeș station
Rail lines behind Curtea de Argeș station
Rear facade of Curtea de Argeș station
Rear facade of Curtea de Argeș station
Curtea de Argeș Municipal Museum
Curtea de Argeș Municipal Museum
Olari Church in early morning
Olari Church in early morning
Basarab I and his Princely Church
Basarab I and his Princely Church
Bust of Mihai Viteazul in front of the museum
Bust of Mihai Viteazul in front of the museum